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Battle Over Reproductive Rights Has Appropriations Process at a Standstill

Both a subcommittee and full committee markup of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS) bill were cancelled this week by Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, due to the possibility of the introduction of an amendment that would reverse and block the effects of the Trump Administration’s newly enforced “gag rule,” which restricts Title X grantees from disseminating information about abortion care/abortion care providers.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 13, 2019


Democrats and Republicans Find Things to Love (and Hate) in House Passed Budget Bill

Before leaving Washington for their six-week long summer recess, the House of Representatives passed a vital two-year budget deal on Thursday evening, raising the caps on both defense and domestic spending and suspending the debt ceiling until the summer of 2021. With the House out of session, the legislation now moves over to the Senate.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 26, 2019


A Budget Deal Is Within Reach, But Time Is Running Out

According to the most recent reports, Secretary Mnuchin and Speaker Pelosi have “reached an agreement” on a deal to raise both spending caps and the debt ceiling for two years. Unfortunately, that agreement stands on very fragile ground and there are still a number of obstacles left for both sides to overcome if they want to reach a final deal.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 19, 2019


The Senate Stands Still On Appropriations Going Into The July 4th Recess

Ten down, two to go: this week, the House passed another bill appropriating funds for fiscal year 2020, this time to federal departments relating to Financial Services. Although House appropriators did not reach Leader Steny Hoyer’s (D-MD-5) goal of passing all twelve appropriations bills through the chamber by the end of June, only two final bills remain: Legislative Branch and Homeland Security.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 28, 2019


HIV Programs Are Seeing Major Increases In The House, But The Senate Awaits

This week, House legislators passed HR 2740, an appropriations bill allocating money for fiscal year 2020 for several agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the institution where most funding for the federal HIV response is housed. Representatives in the House will now continue on to the second appropriations minibus, which contains funding for HOPWA.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 21, 2019


House Appropriations Bills Prioritize Spending Increases For HIV & Healthcare

It seems that legislators, especially in the House, remain committed to completing all spending bills for the 2020 fiscal year (FY20) ahead of their September 30 deadline. House lawmakers are considering a “minibus” that includes funding for State and Foreign Operations; Defense; Energy and Water; and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (L-HHS), which covers most funding for domestic HIV care and prevention programs.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 14, 2019


As Spending Bills Move Forward in the House, Conflict Looms

With just 116 days left of this fiscal year and with a contentious disaster relief bill finally out of the way, legislators, especially in the House, return their attention in earnest to fiscal year 2020 (FY20) appropriations.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 07, 2019


Disaster Relief Is Badly Needed, But Congress Continues To Make Impacted Communities Wait

After being caught up in partisan gridlock for several months, a disaster relief bill to provide much-needed funding to areas of the country experiencing climate-related emergencies was all set to be signed into law by President Trump before Congress closed its doors for Memorial Day recess. That was, until one member of Congress raised objections to the legislation on the House floor.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 24, 2019


Congressional Fight Over Disaster Relief Doesn't Bode Well for Appropriations Talks

Although the House is surprisingly on-schedule in producing appropriations legislation, a separate funding bill foreshadows potentially difficult reconciliations with the Senate when fiscal year 2020 spending is debated.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 10, 2019


Though 2020 Federal Funding Bills’ Futures Unclear, Representatives Release Robust Health Spending Plans

While there is bipartisan desire to avoid a government shutdown by funding the federal government for fiscal year 2020, beginning October 1st of this year, lawmakers have to agree on the basics of federal yearly spending before doing so – and then will still need to convince President Trump to sign a bill with higher spending plans into law.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 03, 2019

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